July 11, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - July 7, 2014
  2. Confidentiality Issues and Sharing of Child-Level Data
      Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program - July 11, 2014
  3. Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism
      Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - July 7, 2014
  4. Understanding Children's Mental Wellness
      Source: Child Trends - July 10, 2014
  5. Thriving Children, Successful Parents: A Two-Generation Approach to Policy
      Source: CLASP - July 9, 2014
  6. Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe
      Source: European Commission - July 1, 2014

1. Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - July 7, 2014

Head Start CARES is a national demonstration that tests the effectiveness of three program enhancements designed to improve preschool children's social-emotional competence. The three enhancements include "The Incredible Years Teacher Training Program," "Preschool PATHS" (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies), and "Tools of the Mind - Play." A new report, Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration (July 2014) finds that all three enhancements had positive impacts on teacher practice and on children's social-emotional outcomes during the preschool year, although in varying degrees and not necessarily in the expected ways. The report was published by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2. Confidentiality Issues and Sharing of Child-Level Data

Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program - July 11, 2014

The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA) program recently published a new brief, Confidentiality Issues: Addressing Questions about Sharing Data among Organizations, which summarizes seven key points to know with regards to the federal laws on sharing education and health data - with a special emphasis on data obtained and used by early childhood education programs. The brief also provides answers to some commonly asked questions about confidentiality issues and the sharing of sensitive child-level data. It is based on a webinar sponsored by the ELC TA program on April 21, 2014.

3. Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - July 7, 2014

In response to increased interest and activity with respect to services available to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued an informational bulletin on approaches available under the federal Medicaid program for providing services to eligible children with ASD. To learn more, see Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism (July 7, 2014). This bulletin is available with other federal policy guidance on issues related to Medicaid here.

4. Understanding Children's Mental Wellness

Source: Child Trends - July 10, 2014

Child Trends has published a new report that summarizes current knowledge on children's mental health and provides a comprehensive framework for understanding mental wellness. The report discusses mental wellness from early childhood to early adulthood, showing how what happens at early stages of development influences later stages. It highlights the evidence for interventions that can improve mental health wellness at multiple levels. To learn more, see the full report: Are the Children Well? A Model and Recommendations for Promoting the Mental Wellness of the Nation's Young People (July 2014).

5. Thriving Children, Successful Parents: A Two-Generation Approach to Policy

Source: CLASP - July 9, 2014

Research findings show that the well-being of parents is closely linked to their children's social-emotional, physical, and economic well-being. Similarly, parents' ability to succeed is substantially affected by how well their children are doing. A new brief from CLASP, Thriving Children, Successful Parents: A Two-Generation Approach to Policy (July 2014) examines major federal and state policy areas to identify opportunities for large-scale change that can better support families as a whole by improving the alignment of services for parents and children.

6. Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe

Source: European Commission - July 1, 2014

A new report from the European Commission, Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe - 2014 Edition, provides 61 indicators as well as a comparative analysis on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in 32 European countries. The study demonstrates the challenges facing European countries related to providing quality services for approximately 32 million children in Europe who are in the age range to use ECEC services. The report covers issues such as access to ECEC, governance, quality assurance, affordability, qualifications and training of staff, leadership, parent involvement, and measures to support disadvantaged children.